Wednesday, September 28, 2022

126 killed, 950 injured in Gaza as Israel continues air strike

Israeli fighter jets hit targets in central Gaza overnight, the army said on Saturday after a day of deadly violence shook the West Bank and unprecedented unrest continued in Israel.

Despite intensive diplomatic efforts to facilitate five days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, Israel’s air force struck several sites in the strip overnight, while rockets tore at the Jewish state again.

Overall Palestinian deaths due to attacks on Gaza reached 126 – including 31 children – with 950 injured.

Israel, which is also trying to prevent an outbreak of internal Jewish-Arab violence, is confronted in the Palestinian territories, unlike in its recent history.

Its bombing of Gaza began on Monday in response to rockets fired at Jerusalem from Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in the enclave.

More than 2,000 rockets have been fired at the Jewish state since Monday, injuring nine people, including a child and a soldier, with more than 560.

According to Israel’s response, it hit nearly 800 targets, including a major attack on Friday on a Hamas tunnel network dug under civilian areas.

Towers and houses were razed, forcing Gaza families to seek refuge in schools and mosques, ahead of another possible bombing.

“All the children are scared and we are scared of the children,” said Kamal al-Haddad, who fled with his family to a UN-backed school in the city of Gaza.

Early Saturday, the Israeli military said it had hit an “operation office” of Hamas near the center of Gaza City, with additional overnight strikes aimed at what the military called “underground launch sites”.

Warnings of airstrikes continued in southern Israel early Saturday.

The fighting in blocked Gaza, the worst since a war in 2014, erupted following hostilities in east Jerusalem, which is the Israeli part of the city that claims Palestinians as their capital.

Fresh overnight tensions hit eastern Jerusalem of Shuafat, where young, masked Palestinian protesters set fire to rubble when Israeli police responded with tear gas.

– Unrest in the West Bank –

The West Bank experienced heavy fighting on Friday, and the Palestinian Ministry of Health said 11 people had been killed by Israeli fire.

A Palestinian security source said the fighting had been “intense” since the second intifada, or insurgency, that began in 2000.

Violence on Fridays on the West Bank is a traditional facet of the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the latest clashes are closely linked to the events in Jerusalem and Gaza.

From Ramallah to Hebron and across the area occupied by Israel since 1967, Palestinians threw stones, Molotov cocktails and other projectiles.

Israeli forces strike back with rubber bullets and, in some cases, direct rounds.

“It would be shameful to keep quiet about what is going on in Gaza,” said Oday Hassan, 21, who was protesting in Al-Birah.

The health ministry said more than 150 people had been injured in the West Bank because it had appealed for blood donations.

At least one of the Palestinians killed was shot dead after trying to stab a soldier north of Ramallah, the Israeli army said, reporting early Saturday on a further attempted knife attack during a violent riot in Nablus.

– Intercommunal violence –

In Israel, an unprecedented wave of mob violence brutally struck the Arabs and Jews, setting fire to both synagogues and mosques.

Police have arrested more than 750 people this week.

In one of the most shocking episodes of the inter-community violence, a far-right Jewish mob beat a man they considered an Arab on Wednesday in Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, leaving him with serious injuries.

In the north, where Israel is technically at war with neighboring Lebanon and Syria, tensions have also increased.

The army said it had fired warning shots at a number of insurgents crossing from Lebanon into Israeli territory on Friday, forcing them to return to Lebanon.

Israel’s arch-enemy, the pro-Iranian Shiite group Hezbollah, has announced that one of its members, 21-year-old Mohamad Kassem Tahan, was killed by Israeli gunfire.

Three rockets were later launched at Israel from southern Syria, where Hezbollah is present, but there was no immediate confirmation of a link between the events.

– ‘Not over yet’ – The UN said the Security Council would meet on Sunday to address Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State for Palestine-Palestine Hady Amr arrived in Israel on Friday as part of mediation efforts.

Amr will speak to both Israeli officials and Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and encourage a “sustainable calm,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave no indication that Israel was ready to facilitate his campaign.

“I have said we will inflict heavy blows on Hamas and other terrorist groups, and we will do so,” Netanyahu said.

‘They pay and will pay dearly for it. It’s not over yet. ‘

Israel estimates that more than 30 leaders of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad have been killed.

It hit sites it described as military targets such as Hamas bombing facilities and the homes of senior militant commanders.

The UN said 10,000 Gazans had been forced out of their homes by the bombing.

Several international airlines have canceled flights amid the rocket in Gaza, while many incoming flights have been diverted from the main airport near Tel Aviv.

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